Home of Wasabi Air Racing

Elliot Seguin and Jenn Whaley's Formula One class air race team based out of Mojave, California. Pylon racing at the National Championship Air Races in Reno Nevada. Eight airplanes racing head to head around telephone poles in the desert. Mojave is the best place on the planet to build and modify a race plane, and Wasabi is lucky to have the best support in the business.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A weekend at SZP

Got to spend the weekend with Andy and Klaus at Santa Paula.  What a cool airport with so much cool stuff going on.

Check out the ground fog south of Mojave, and the silver dollar that Darryl carried on his 3km run in the F-104, is that cool or what?

Elliot

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Dave Triano's Visit to Mojave

Hey Guys

Dave is a designer and enthusiast with lots of experience in boats and rockets, but he also has a soft spot for Air Racing.  Dave came through Mojave a couple weeks back to check out our operation on his way to drop off some engines in Tehachapi.  We did our best to convince him to leave his Allisons for Wasabi but so far no luck :).

Thanks for coming by Dave!
Elliot



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Richard VanderMeulen Photo's

Some photos from our shoot with Richard VanderMeulen in the build up to our non-stop flight to Oshkosh.  These were posted on the Kitplanes Facebook page (link).

Thank you Richard!!




A visit to an old friend

Hey Guys,

Jenn and I were traveling for the holidays and were fortunate to check in on an old friend in the Seattle area.

WhiteKnight has a very famous past as carrier aircraft for SpaceShipOne.  But for ten years after that it was busy hauling payloads for customers at Scaled.  As a result Jenn and I spent a lot of time with it before it was delivered to it's new home at the Flying Heritage Collection a couple months ago.

The airplane looked great with a fresh coat of wax and a prominent place next to their SpaceShipOne replica.  A cool place to visit an old homebuilt.

A great day.

Elliot and Jenn



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Monday, November 17, 2014

Mojave Desert News Article

Thank you Joyce Grant for the coverage.



Friday, November 14, 2014

SETP SW

Hey Guys

Jenn and I would like to thank James Sargeant and Norm Driscoll for inviting us out to Fort Worth to the SETP SW annual event (link), and Eric Hansen for bringing it all together.

We gave a quick pitch about Scaled Composites, the Mojave Airport, Wasabi Air Racing, and the type of folk that hang out here in the Antelope Valley.

This was our first time presenting at an SETP or SFTE event and it is a truly humbling group of people to stand in front of, a great experience.

It was a lovely venue, with some fantastic papers, the F-35 production tour was fantastic, and we are still shocked by the accomplished people we got to meet.

Thanks again!

Elliot and Jenn







Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hoey's BD-4 Taildragger

Elliot and Bob in the BD-4
Bob Hoey is a retired Airforce flight test engineer.  He has worked on so many awesome projects.  Bob did extensive work on the X-15 (Hoey X-15 Article), was a consultant for Scaled on Spaceshipone, and has done extensive work studying and modeling the flight of birds (RC Bird Video).  In the mid seventies Bob built a BD-4 for family trips to Oregon.  Jenn has been vocal about a sweet spot for this airplane for a long time, so a month ago Bob asked us if we would be interested in buying the airplane.  As a true slacker I was not able to buy Jenn the airplane, but I did get to fly it with Bob in late September. What a privilege

With two crew and ¾ tanks the airplane climbed at 1000 FPM and cruised (WOT) at 140 KTAS…so Grumman Tiger performance, it is prop limited in cruise so an engineer might enjoy fiddling with this aspect of the airplane.  It is docile with nice forces in all three axes.  Strong dihedral effect means that even though it has no lateral or directional trim you can boot it around with the rudder in cruise. 

This aircraft type was not initially designed as a taildragger and the tailwheel occupies the space that was an add-on ventral fin, as a result there is some hesitancy to spin the BD-4 tail draggers.  I stalled the airplane (60 MIAS clean 55 MIAS Full Flaps) and found the airplane lively directionally at these high alphas with a powerful rudder, therefore I would be confident getting uncoordinated and slow.

As a taildragger the airplane was honest but lively.  The short gear and good lateral visibility meant that the pilot could basically watch the wheel touch down (a rare privilege in taildraggers) and could see over the nose in three point.  The airplane has a steerable Scott Tailwheel, the springs for which were set up very well.  We used 100 MIAS for base to final turn with 85 MIAS over the numbers.  Raised the tail at 45MIAS, rotate at 70 MIAS.








Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Mike Alsbury


Photo's by Devin Charles

Air to air with the Flybaby, two 150s and a 120.





Monday, November 3, 2014

Bowers Flybaby Report

Flybaby

On the ground the airplane steered using tailwheel steering quite well and better than expected.  The differential mechanical heal brakes were effective for stopping but not steering.  It was very tight for my 6’2” frame and I found the limited mobility, particularly in my knees to make brake actuation troublesome.  

I found that the tail lifted at 25 mph and takeoff at 45.  With that much power on the airplane I found the take-off minimum speed limited by the three point attitude.  There seemed little need to add power above about half power which gave me about 55 mph and nice control in all axes.  

I climbed at 55 to 5,500 feet where I stalled the airplane power off.  With a stall of 41 mph, 120 ft^2 of wing and an estimated weight of 800 pounds gives a CL max of roughly 1.4.  Refrencing Von Doenhoff; the 4412 and a CL max of 1.4, this correlates nicely to the standard roughness trace (6.0).  With the power off at 50 mph the airplane descended at a rate of about 600 ft/min, which gives an L/D of 7 to 1 and a required power of 15 horsepower.  

The airplane has positive dihedral effect and positive spiral stability, and is very stable in both pitch and yaw.  Roll forces are dominated by stiction but match the pitch forces well.  Trim speed for the airplane appeared to be 70 mph.

I did 5 landings on runway 26 and 30 with winds at 290 and 20 knots.  With the winds that high a three point was quite difficult, but a wheelie with touchdown around 50 to 55 mph worked quite nicely.  I would fly the airplane actively until touchdown with approximately 1/4 throttle and roll out the power to allow the tail to come down.  I believe operations on 26 in that wind were relatively close to the cross wind limit for the airplane.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

An evening with a classic

Justin Gillen is helping a friend sell a sweet little Franklin powered Flybaby.

Last night there was no wind in Mojave making great conditions for a low level sunset photo shoot.




Monday, October 27, 2014

Speaking at this month's Plane Crazy



Hey Guys,

Jenn and I will be speaking this month at the Mojave Plane Crazy Saturday, and we plan to have the airplane on display.  The talk starts at 11:00 am in the board room at the Mojave airport on November 15th.

Our talk will cover the history of the team through the design and build of the new airplane.  We will also have some details about the record setting flight to Oshkosh and the 2014 Reno race season.

See you there!

Design.Build.Test

Elliot and Jenn

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Oshkosh record is official!


Hey Guys,

We just received word from Art Greenfield at the NAA that our record is official with the NAA and is in it's final stages with the FAI.

A big thank you to everyone involved especially our sponsors.

Justin Gillen
Rick Poe and Susan Fine
Donald McMullin
Whitney Brown
Kelsey Moran
Thomas Wilson
Ralph Wise
Dave Ronneberg
Ben Harvey
Paul Dye
Richard VanderMeulen
Eric Stewart
Tyson Rininger
Wayne Rausch
Ken Baker
Thomas Wilson
Robbie Grove
Jim Rust
Gail Austin
Craig Catto
Terry Lutz
Ralph Wise
MGL Avionics
Spot Tracker
Mojave Air and Spaceport

Go work on your airplane!

Elliot and Jenn

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Connor Madison's Radio Spot

Hey Guys,

We did this radio spot with Connor a month or so ago.  Connor was putting it together for his advanced radio production class at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  Andrew Findley talks about racing in the Sport Class and Elliot had the chance to talk a bit about Wasabi.

Go work on your airplane.

Elliot and Jenn

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tim Adams

A photo Tim Adams took on a cloudy day at Reno 2014.

Thank you Tim!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Don "Bucky Dawson

Hey Guys,

Don Dawson just posted these awesome pictures from Reno 2014.

Thank you Bucky!!

Design.Build.Test
Elliot and Jenn


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Red Bull Weekend

Hey Guys,

Jenn and I felt privileged and excited to be invited by Wade Hammond of the Team Bonhomme team, Jim and Sarah Reed of Team Ivanoff, and Michael Reid of the Team Chambliss team to visit this last weekend's Las Vegas Red Bull Air Race.  It was a great time and we were excited to see this new type of aerial competition in person, such an exciting time for aviation, and what a cool format!!

Below are some pictures.

Thanks again to Wade, Jim, and Michael!!

Airplanes are cool!
Elliot and Jenn